by Jeremy Plonk
March 2, 2021
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Laurel Park. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Maryland. And be sure to support Laurel Park by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Maryland Jockey Club.
Laurel’s Rainbow 6 starts the week with a $5,609 carryover into Friday’s card … Maryland-bred Hello Hot Rod, a 2-time winner late last year at Laurel, tries his hand on the Triple Crown trail in Saturday’s Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. He was recently sold and transferred to trainer Shawn Davis from locally based trainer Brittany Russell … 19 sophomores were nominated to the March 13 Private Terms, Maryland’s first 2-turn test toward the Preakness. Among those are Maythehorsebewithu, winner of the Miracle Wood, and Todd Pletcher’s Sainthood … The Private Terms is 1 of 5 stakes worth $450,000 on the March 13 Good Samaritan Day program.
Last week’s Stronach 5 paid $1,156.90. Stronach 5 races this Friday, March 5, will be:
Leg A: Laurel Park Race 8 with a post time of 3:55 pm ET
Leg B: Gulfstream Race 7
Leg C: Santa Anita Race 3
Leg D: Golden Gate Fields Race 3
Leg E: Gulfstream Race 10
1/ST BET Top Factors Last Week:
Horseplayers using the 1/ST BET app saw the most success with these 3 of the 52 handicapping filters for Laurel, each posting at least 24% wins. Speed factors returned to dominance at Laurel.
Speed Last Race
Last E1 (Early) Pace
Avg. Speed Last 3
Trends Last Week
-- Trainer Mike Trombetta had the hot hand with a 9: 4-2-1 week. He was 2-for-2 with favorites and produced a $1.76 ROI for every $1 bet, thanks to a $14 winner along the way. Trombetta and Julien Pimentel were 4: 2-1-1 in tandem.
-- Trainer Hugh McMahon made the most of limited starts at 5: 3-1-0. McMahon won with both favorites he sent out, and hit a home run with $21 winner Brooks Robinson. He had been in a 1-for-15 slump in February prior to the breakout.
-- Trainer Jerry Robb kept his roll going with a 10: 3-2-0 performance that makes him 23: 9-3-2 since Jan. 30 at Laurel. All 3 winners last week were 2-1 or less and came in sprints at 6 furlongs or shorter.
-- Jockey Julien Pimentel struck with precision at 9: 4-1-1, including a 2-for-4 mark riding for Mike Trombetta. His winners were playable $6, $7, $11 and $13 returns that netted a $2.17 ROI for every $1 bet.
-- Jockey Victor Rosales went 6: 3-1-0 in limited tries, posting 2 victories in 5-1/2 furlong dirt dashes. He had a $16 winner that helped produce a $2.15 ROI for every $1 bet.
-- Favorites smoked the competition at 43: 21-8-4, winning 49% and landing in the exacta 68%. The chalk closed February at 39% wins and 61% in the exacta.